#PonteLasPilas: SQUARESPACE INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE LATINX ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Latinx community is driving billions of dollars into the U.S. business economy. In fact, about 4.4 million Latino-owned businesses in the U.S. contribute more than $700 billion to the economy annually, according to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Additionally, Latinos have the highest entrepreneurship rates of any U.S. ethnic group.
That's why, ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month this year, Squarespace HQ, in partnership with Somos (Squarespace's employee resource group for Latinx) & The Latinx Collective, will welcome a panel of New York-based Latinx business owners across different industries to talk about what they are working on, how they got started, & how you can learn from their different skill sets when launching your own business or side hustle. Ponte las Pilas!
It will be an inspiring evening with mini fireside chats featuring Latinx business owners, food & drink, & special giveaways from our favorite Latinx creators
Join us on September 12th from 6pm to 9pm.
Moderated By Elisabeth Rosario
Elisabeth Rosario is the creator of The Latinx Collective, which empowers the Latinx community with stories, dialogue, & resources so we can rise up together, through a newsletter, podcast & events. She is the owner of a PR consultancy where she works with startups, lifestyle brands & venture capital firms on telling their stories through the press, events & other media channels. She's also an honoree of Adweek's 30 under 30 communications leaders, & a graduate of Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business.
Gerry Isabelle is a Dominican-American travel blogger, published writer, photographer & tourism entrepreneur from the Bronx, New York. Her childhood dream of traveling has taken her to 40+ countries around the world & led to the creation of her travel blog & tourism business (Dominican Abroad) with a special focus on Cuba & the Dominican Republic, including the Dominican Heritage Tour which was featured in the New York Times. Today, her travel services, & her writing & photography on travel, culture & society have been featured/published in various news websites, as well as on her platform: DominicanAbroad.com / @dominicanabroad
Cynthia Santiago Borbn
Cynthia Santiago-Borbn, a born & bred New Yorker, who is super proud of her Puerto Rican heritage, is an empowerment coach, happiness expert, & the founder of Reclaim Your Dreams Academy, an international self-development community that empowers & teaches women the mindset, tools, & strategies they need to execute on their biggest dreams. With over twenty years of experience in the helping industry, Cynthia's mentoring & strategies for hacking the system have supported her clients to become unapologetic about their desires, igniting them into action on lifelong dreams that have included changing their careers, becoming entrepreneurs & published writers, & marrying their soulmates.
Since starting her business in 2011, Cynthia has been featured in numerous media outlets including NBC Latino, NBC Visiones, Latina Magazine, Women's Day, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, & LatinTrends Magazine.
Danielle Alvarez is the founder of The Bonita Project. She hails from the vibrant & eclectic city of Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, she decided to pack her life up & move to New York City. In NYC, she made a name for herself by working with the following prestigious brands, L'Oral Paris, Garnier, & Urban Decay. Currently, she leads a team of four & does the PR for Latina-owned brands Alamar Cosmetics, Botanika Beauty, Golden Dream Beauty - & Clinique.
Danielle carries a mission to continue educating brands on the importance of the multicultural markets, even if it means to rupture the market & make some noise the uncorporate way.
Sokio is a New York based Chilean-born composer, music supervisor & arts consultant. His work moves between the most experimental compositions for opera, dance, theater, performance & installations, to mainstream movies. As a curator, he is the founder & director of the New Latin Wave events series, promoting the best of new Latinx creators based in the US, in the fields of Art, Music, Cinema, & Literature, collaborating with New York institutions such El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, Mexic-Arte, SXSW & more.
Come for the conversation, stay for the food & giveaways! We'll be giving away some goodies from our favorite Latinx creators!